Swearing: A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths and Profanity in English

Swearing: A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths and Profanity in English

by Geoffrey Hughes (Author)

Synopsis

Tracing the history of swearing from ancient Anglo-Saxon traditions and those of the Middle Ages, through Shakespeare, the Enlightenment and the Victorians, to the Lady Chatterley trial and various current trends, Geoffrey Hughes explores a fascinating, little discussed yet irrespressible part of our linguistic heritage. This second edition contains a Postscript updating various contemporary developments, such as the growth of Political Correctness.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Edition: 2Rev Ed
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 26 Mar 1998

ISBN 10: 0140267077
ISBN 13: 9780140267075

Author Bio
Geoffrey Hughes is Professor of History of the English Language at the University of the Witwatersand, Johannesburg.